Bikes and Barbies

Posted Sept. 16, 2011, at 5:18 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 16, 2011, at 4:54 p.m.
Clad in leather and clutching toys, thousands of motorcyclists roared into the Augusta Civic Center last Sunday for the United Bikers of Maine’s annual toy run. It’s the 30th year for the event, which is the largest independent toy run in the country. More than 15,000 riders were expected, each bearing a new, unwrapped toy for holiday distribution to needy children. Photographer Robert Bukaty captured the bikers, along with their Hot Wheels, Barbies and stuffed bears, as they headed off for their ride.


An early version of this story incorrectly identified United Bikers of Maine’s toy run as a Toys for Tots event.


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